Daily Devotional – Tuesday May 1, 2007
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
A very happy May Day to you! I work for a European company and I am there very often (too often). Today is a really big holiday over there. Today they celebrate the worker and everyone takes a day off work to do that. The celebration has its roots in the ancient guild system when there would be great parades with the different guilds marching together. One of those was the teacher’s guild.
Today’s reading from Colossians illustrates Paul at his very best as teacher. Teachers are in my opinion one of the most critical and important professions and yet are under valued and under recognized. Paul’s great reputation as a teacher is illustrated by the fact that Paul had never visited Colossea and yet they paid attention. The letter was prompted by the emergence of a group who believed that physical reality including the earth itself was evil and that God existed only as spirit. They worshipped intermediaries. Paul’s letter was intended to bring them back to basics and show God as the single creator and Jesus as God’s image among us. There is no separation of physical and spiritual. They are one. Jesus is the proof of God’s existence and the spiritual reality that exists in all of us.
Often I find myself confused by too much logic. When confused, I must go back to basics and start with the basic things that I believe. Then, all will fall in place. My mother and father were both teachers. My father was my high school physics teacher and he taught principles not formulae. This meant always going back to basics and applying the principles. Is this what Paul is doing with this letter? I think so. The teaching is so powerful in its simplicity. He doesn’t defend the truth; he just states it as irrefutable fact. We are saved from our sin and the evil around us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Our spiritual self is released from this sin and resides for eternity in Glory. These are the basics Paul teaches.
Thanks be to God for Paul and all great Teachers.
God bless you this day and every day!
John Dickie, May 1, 2007